Azaro suspended! No Problem, Al Ahly soldiers are ready for Battle | VIDEO
Al Ahly striker Walid Azaro will miss next Friday’s African Champions League final against Esperance of Tunisia Walid Azaro in Rades as he has been handed a two-match ban by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for disciplinary reasons.
In a statement published on its official website on Monday, CAF said that after reviewing the footage of the Champions League final, the Chairman of CAF Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend Azaro for the next two matches “namely match. 148 E.S.T. [Tunisia] vs. Al Ahly Sporting Club [Egypt] and his next match during the CAF inter-clubs competitions”.
Al Ahly Soldiers are ready for Battle
Ahly’s coach Patrice Carteron announced on Monday his squad for the final, leaving important defender Ahmed Fathi out of the encounter due to a muscular injury.
Fathi was forced off his team’s first-leg 3-1 victory at Borg El-Arab Stadium over Esperance after only 22 minutes when he felt pain in his muscle.
Carteron’s squad also excluded injured midfielder Hesham Mohamed as well as left-back Ali Maaloul and striker Junior Ajayi due to long-term injury. Moamen Zakaria remains out of the team’s lineup for technical reasons.
Right-back Basem Ali and midfielder Naser Maher are back to the team’s squad for the anticipated final.
The eight-time African Champions Ahly will be eyeing their ninth title of the flagship African competition on Friday when they faceoff with Esperance, who will be under the pressure of having to score twice and keeping a clean sheet to secure their third CAF Champions League title.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy – Mohamed El-Shennawi – Aly Lotfy
Defenders: Basem Aly – Mohamed Hany – Salif Coulibaly – Saad Samir – Ayman Ashraf – Sabry Raheel
Midfielders: Hossam Ashour – Amr Elsolia – Naser Maher – Akram Tawfeek – Karim Nedved – Islam Mohareb – Ahmed Hamoudy – Waild Soliman – Ahmed Hamdy – Mido Gaber
Forwards: Salah Mohsen – Marwan Mohsen – Ahmed El Sheikh